Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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Updates during this time of pandemic and resources at home

  • May 21st – Ascension Day – the start of “Thy Kingdom Come” There will be daily services of prayer – Click here for details. You can follow each day using the CofE TKC app or using the published booklet. Copies of this booklet have been ordered – please contact Rev Lynn if you would like one. You can read more about Thy Kingdom Come here: Thy Kingdom Come To download the TKC app look here  or for Android, search for ‘DP for TKC’ in the Play Store, hopefully the same for Apple….
  • Our parish is running a series of online services led by Rev Lynn, and other worship leaders using Zoom software. These include morning and evening prayer and are on most days of the week. Click here for details.
  • In the near future a phased lifting of lock down restrictions as they apply to the church will begin. We’ll keep you up to date on this, and we are waiting for further guidance with regard to the suggestion that churches might open in limited circumstances in July. There is no change to guidance for weddings and funerals though all this is under review. In the meantime you can read about this here: https://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/2020/05/limited-reopening-of-churches-first-phase-can-begin-within-diocese-of-truro/
  • A wonderful sung Blessing over the UK has been made, see it here: https://youtu.be/PUtll3mNj5U
  • The CofE has launched a new Faith at Home programme – read about it here and on the other pages below.
  • For those who are not on social media, the CofE has launched a free national phone line to bring worship and prayer to people in their homes while church buildings remain closed. ‘Daily Hope’ offers music, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services and is available 24 hours a day – on 0800 804 8044. Please tell people who are not on line about this.
  • Pub theology is back online – Click here to read more
  • Families in Downderry are in financial need at this difficult time – Click here for more details – please help if you can.
  • A booklet of prayers during the pandemic can be downloaded here: Outbreak Prayer Book Digital Single Pages 2 April_0

Sunday after Ascension Day, May 24th – other online options

Once again there are two options for worship from Bishop Philip and Ruth:
The now standard service that will be available at 8am on the diocesan website here or available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jdvGDDWd_k

At 9.30am the all-age service on Facebook Live continues! There will be a break from these arrangements next week, details to follow.

You can download Bishop Philip’s most recent pastoral message here:  Bishop Philip letter 17.4.20

Or you could listen to one of the many radio options – Radio 4, Radio Cornwall offer services on a Sunday around 8am.


Or you could look at: Church of England website – or at many churches and cathedrals up and down the country!

A very good resource is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

Browse a whole range of prayers you can choose from to read – or listen to:

Or using your computer, tablet or phone (as you prefer) and from your web browser access morning and evening prayer using this link:

Click here and choose what you need.

To read or hear the prayer for today, click on this link: http://cofe.io/TodaysPrayer

Browse around the various pages and you’re sure to find something that interests you.

Alternatively download an App for your tablet or phone. Church House Publishing or provide a number of these Apps and these can be downloaded from https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer

If you have any difficulties with the daily prayer or have any questions please email and we’ll try to help.
Have a browse around the Church House Publishing website as there are other things of interest, for example, daily Readings for Easter: EasterPilgrim or perhaps https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/reflections-for-daily-prayer   Some of these apps require a subscription, but Daily Prayer is free.


Visit our A Church Near You website for Tideford for additional resources including online streaming of services.

The normal ‘Sunday Sheet’ can be found here: Sunday after Ascension



Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230676 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  David Watters

Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Sue Merrick

Deanery Synod Reps:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods

PCC Members for April 2019

Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson


Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenfordhttp://www.hessenford.net


Lynn’s Letter

I hope this message finds you all keeping safe and well during this challenging time. Although the churches are closed and we are not gathering together we have quickly got into the routine of praying at home and hopefully accessing services online, or on the TV or on the radio. There is now even a phone resource available, a 24 hour phone line where you can access hymns, prayers and reflections 08008048044 – give it a try.

Some of us are also meeting together over the internet for services and meetings. It has been a steep learning curve for a lot of us including myself, as we have learnt to download “zoom” and click on the correct links at the right time. This then takes us into a screen where we can see one another and chat and join in worship. You don’t have to have anything installed as the computer does it all for you – the technology is quite amazing!

And through Zoom we have now established a pattern of “seeing” each other for Sunday morning worship at 10.30, a Tuesday at Ten reflection and chat, and a Thursday evening compline (night prayer). Please let me know of anyone wanting to join in so I can send them the “link”. (The details of all services at top right of page)

However we keep in touch, the main thing is that we all keep in contact and are thinking and praying for each other. We are maintaining being church even without the buildings – perhaps a seemly reminder to us that church is the people and not just the buildings!

I hope your prayers also cover the wider community as the church is not just about the church goers but is about thinking of all in our local communities, especially those who are struggling with loneliness or ill health.

Today for me (27th April) is day 38 of my period of lockdown and so I know personally, like you, the physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual impacts that we are all feeling. But here in Cornwall though we are fortunate and must count our blessings for the lovely weather, the countryside, and the relatively good health of those around us.

Remember that God remains to be our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46)

May God’s blessings continue to be with us all and those we love, both near and far.

Yours in Christ

Rev Lynn

~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

All our public events have been cancelled for the time being but we are meeting online where we can.

Zoom Pub Theology

Back online!

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

Meet via Zoom from 7.30 – 8.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Topics:       Tuesday 26th – Church in lockdown – things we’ve gained, things we miss

            For a Zoom link or enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on richard.laugharne@nhs.net

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Downderry families need your help!

Young families are suffering through lay-offs or vastly reduced income.

To help these young families, food parcels of around £30 value each have been delivered to the school to be passed to families as they see fit. This has been done through the generosity of local anonymous donors in co-operation with Downderry Stores who also were generous in their provision.

In addition the school have placed a covered plastic box outside the school so that individuals can drop items of tinned or dry food plus domestic consumables during the school day – the school being open for children of key workers.

The purpose of this notice is to give you an opportunity to support this ministry at this special time in our national life. There are three ways you can do this:

1. You can support a family by funding a shopping box. The cost is in the region of £30 and you should contact David Watters (01503 250 521 or david.watters1@gmail.com) and he will give you details about how this will work.

2. If £30 at one go is too much for you – and we understand that! – drop CASH in an envelope through David’s door (Jasione, Front Road, Downderry) marked ‘For Families in Need’ – you can add your name if you want to but you do not have to …….

3. You can deliver tins etc to the box at St Nicolas School- or if you cannot get there yourself, let David know and collection can be arranged.

We can all be sure that this problem will be with us for some time and families might need support for many weeks or months – so this is not a ‘one of’ situation but it is a God-given opportunity to demonstrate Christian love and support in and for our community.

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Messy Church

meeting in St Germans Methodist Church

Currently cancelled, but work going on in the background

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality – it’s fun!

If you’d like to help out please speak to Evelyn or ring her on 01503 230449

Find out more at https://www.messychurch.org.uk/what-messy-church-and-isnt


Events at St Germans Priory Church


None at present



Services and events in our other Benefice Churches



St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. Board of Priory Trustees Chair- Richard Laugharne Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow Secretary – Brenda Daw Support Officer – Jo Rimron Ann Demaine Peter Daw Hugh Parker Bob Foulkes.

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Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)

The parish address for email is:

parker30@hotmail.com (main contact)

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:




Online services during Thy Kingdom Come – Ascension Day to Pentecost

Please contact Rev Lynn if you would like to join us.

Thurs 21st 7.00pmAscension Day. Evening or Night Prayer
Fri 22nd 10.00amMorning Prayer
Sat 23rd 7.00pmEvening Prayer or Night Prayer
Sun 24th 10.30amMorning Prayer
Mon 25th 7.00pmEvening Prayer or Night Prayer
Tues 26th 10.00amMorning Prayer or Lynn’s Reflection and Chat
Weds 27th 10.00amMorning Prayer
Thurs 28th 7.00pmEvening Prayer or Night Prayer
Fri 29th 10.00amMorning Prayer
Sat 30th 7.00pmEvening Prayer or Night Prayer
Sun 31st 10.30Pentecost


Read more about Thy Kingdom Come here – Thy Kingdom Come
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We are normally running ‘virtual services’ several days a week:

Sundays10.30amHoly Communion or Morning PrayerCanon Lynn
Mondays7pmCompline (Night prayer)Hugh Parker
Tuesdays10amReflection and chatCanon Lynn
Wednesdays10amMorning PrayerMargaret S-T
Thursdays7pmCompline (Night prayer)Canon Lynn
Fridays10amMorning PrayerMargaret S-T
Saturdays7pmCompline (Night prayer)Hugh Parker


Please email the relevant host, details below, if you would like to join us.

Canon Lynnparker30@hotmail.com
Hugh Parkerhcp1901@btinternet.com
Margaret Sylvester-Thornemargaret.sylvesterthorne@gmail.com


This website and our A Church Near You sites, in particular the Tideford website https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2567/ will update and maintain resources you can use at home for personal and world prayer. Please also refer to details in the welcome section at left.

A good resource for prayers and services is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

The normal ‘Sunday sheet‘ can be found here: Sunday after Ascension

For your prayers – here’s the Diocesan prayer diary that you might like to use: DoT-Prayer-Diary-March-to-June-2020







THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

With the restrictions imposed by the government it is now difficult for us to collect and deliver food to the foodbank

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as panic buying and wage cuts take effect

How can you help the Foodbank?

The best way to help now is to give money directly to the foodbank – please give what you can using this link:


Alternatively, if your supermarket has a foodbank bin, please put items in there.

If you could help through regular donations they would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. They can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from February 2020

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Paul Gribble

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Peter Daw

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods